Lincoln Shows His Steel

LincolnAbraham Lincoln is arguably the greatest man that this country ever produced. He is also one of the most complex; a man “both steel and velvet.” We like to remember Lincoln’s softer side, but if he hadn’t had the steel as well, we might not be one nation today.
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“I’d just die…”

unnamedWhen I read of the death of writer Florence King on January 6, I was reminded of what a mourner is supposed to have said at the funeral of Mark Twain: “Today is the first day you have made us sad.”

No doubt there were those who found Miss King’s offbeat, right-wing and politically incorrect humor offensive and infuriating. (By her own admission she was a misanthrope with opinions “slightly to the right of Vlad the Impaler.”) But there were many more, myself included, who found her side-splittingly funny. Continue reading “I’d just die…”

Trump’s Stubborn Jurors

20724485306_26e4ca01b4_k Why is it that no matter how outrageous, provocative, irrational, vulgar or even fascistic Donald Trump behaves, his political base remains loyal to him? Even though his very excesses make it a dead certainty that he will never be elected president. Continue reading Trump’s Stubborn Jurors

French Intellectual Gets it Right on Terrorism

Paris_vue_d'ensemble_tour_EiffelPascal Bruckner is an esteemed French novelist, essayist and philosopher. Moreover—and decidedly rare among French intellectuals—he is pro-American. He taught for a year at U.C. San Diego, and is a frequent visitor to this country. He recently wrote to an American friend, “If anything tragic comes from the enemies of the West, let us say Russia or ISIS, we will be very happy to be sheltered by the American umbrella as we were in 1917, 1944, and 1948 during the Cold War.” Continue reading French Intellectual Gets it Right on Terrorism